Sanchez And Niles Present A New Era of Slasher At Evil Ink!
Sep 26, 2022
While I was in the pandemic I had started to toy around with this instrument I purchased called an Apprehension Engine," Claudio Sanchez says from his home in Brooklyn, NY. "It's typically this scary, nightmare instrument, and it started giving me these ideas about what the Blood Machine story would look like."
This December, Sanchez, alongside Steve Niles and Andrew Ritchie, brings My Brother's Blood Machine to life. This 6-issue mini-series from Evil Ink promises to birth "a new era of slasher horror'' centered around the ramshackle Blood Machine, an apprehension engine of its own, built to separate the soul from the body.
As the quiet town of Margretville prepares for its annual Jubilee, gossip sets ears aflame about a missing person. Cecilia McCloud is desperate to escape, but she will soon find that Margretville isn't the only place where monsters dwell.
Joining Claudio to help tell the tale of My Brother's Blood Machine is 30 Days Of Night writer Steve Niles. "We met years ago in LA. Steve was good friends with a friend of mine, Pete Stahl who was the singer in a band called Scream. They had grown up together in a punk scene, Steve being part of a band called Gray Matter. We had gotten into this conversation about doing something at some point. I wasn't entirely sure I'd ever get the chance, but I guess that time we had to spend in lockdown let it happen."
Bringing the story to life is artist Andew Ritchie, an illustrator with a unique style. "I want people to feel uneasy when reading the book." Claudio says talking about the art. "During the pandemic, I joined a D&D campaign online. The other participants were tattoo artists and illustrators. One of the illustrators was Jared Cody Wolf, who had done some illustrations for The Prize Fighter Inferno. He brought up Andrew Ritchie. I remember taking a look at it and it somehow reminded me of if Kurt Cobain had illustrated comics."
Claudio recalls the moment he knew this was the right fit. "I started talking to Andrew about potentially illustrating the book and he said 'you're not going to ask me to draw pretty are you?"' Nothing about Ritchie's art feels right, in all the right ways.
My Brother's Blood Machine #1 hits comic shops on 12/14/22. Find your local comic shop and pre-order with PREVIEWS code OCT221630. An exclusive ashcan preview will be available at New York Comic Con October 5-9, 2022 at Evil Ink booth #2937.
This article is composed of excerpts from comicsxf.com written by Zachary Jenkins, used with permission.
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